Domenica 3 November 2019
I took a morning walk in Testaccio, where locals actually live (Via Luca a Robbia). Again I heard locals talking “Cinque minuti fa faceva caldo, mi fa fresco!” Five minutes ago it was hot, now it’s chilly!!!
Every time a holiday happens on the Friday or Monday, the call it a ponte (bridge) because it makes a three day weekend instead of a two day one. Italians LOVE THIS and make the most of it every time. There is a festive atmosphere all three days.
I got a cappuccino of organic beans from tHe coffeeshop called 100%Bio and then got the most delicious pancakes in Rome from Marigold made with sourdough and Kiefer butter!! There, I saw couple I had also seen at Trattoria Pennestri yesterday, so I introduced myself. They are New Yorkers with a sister whose lived in Rome for 20 years. God allowed me to share the power of Jesus to heal emotional wounds with them as they asked where I had worked before moving here.
Then I got a SECOND cappuccino of LoRe coffee beans at Mizzica, the Sicilian coffeeshop near church.
I invited my best friend in Rome to church with me again. So I met up with her Francesca, there. The pastor taught from Mark 7 on Paradigms and judgment calls. Sometimes we are so attached to form and tradition that we lose the MEANING of a thing. Jesus doesn’t call us to tradition; He calls us to transformation. Traditions are beautiful and of value. They give us a sense of belonging and identify a culture. Jesus reproved, however, the use of peripheral things as an excuse to not obeyGod’s commands. This shows who is not really WITH God with their hearts - instead of engaging their hearts and connecting with God in the sincere place of the soul, they impose strict rules upon themselves to have an appearance of godliness without really having a relationship with Him. When you are in a love relationship with a God, His commands are not burdensome! What’s really burdensome is to have to maintain appearances and to carry around a heart that’s never been transformed! Hypocrisy used God’s name as a right to look down on others with arrogance and to not develop community with the people around you. Who is in a good relationship with God cares about the people around them to the point of making sacrifices for others. Who is in a good place with God, isolates themselves from other people. The solution to this is not to make adjustments or try to fix ourselves, because we cannot do it alone. The solution is to say “Jesus I need you!!” To not try to hide your deficiencies or make excuses for them. Rather, the greatness of a Christian is equal to the greatness of His repentance and the measure of how hard He GRIPS to the Lord!!! Dal Marco 7 riguarda Paradigmi e giudizi. A volte siamo talmente attaccati a la forma che perdiamo il senso delle cose. Gesù non ci chiama alla tradizione; ci chiama alla trasformazione! Le tradizioni sono belle e cennano un’appartenenza ad una cultura. Gesù rimproverò quelli che usavano le cose periferiche per tralasciare il comandamento di Dio. Con il cuore non ci stanno perciò inventano scuse per non obedire a Dio, anche imponendosi delle regole dure per evitare Dio. Per dimostrare il loro rettitudine per evitare obedire a Gesù. Però quando ami Dio, i suoi comandamenti non sono pesanti. Ciò che è pesante sono le tradizione e dover mantenere l’apparenza. Il cuore non trasformato è pesante. Ipocrisia usa il nome di Dio per avere diritto di guardare dall’alto in basso agli altri O non relazionarsi bene con il nostro prossimo. Chi sta bene con Dio si sacrifica per gli altri. Chi no, si isola dagli altri. La soluzione non è una tecnica o delle aggiustatine. Non ce la facciamo da soli. Dire “GESÙ ho bisogno di TE!!!!” Non faccio scuse & non provo a nasconderlo. Gesù ci incontra e ci dà nuovi cuori. La grandezza del Cristiano è la grandezza del suo ravvedimento che si aggrappa alla grazia di Dio. In questo sistema nel mondo di mantenere apparenze per MERITARE AMORE, ci può terrorizzare sapere quanto siamo peccatori. Ma Gesù ci vuole così come siamo.
I took my friend Francesca to one of my favorite restaurants in the Monti neighborhood of ROME. It is called Broccoletti and the staff named Fabrizio and Flavia the waitress are amazingly kind. They remember your name and treat you with warmth. We ate a delicious pasta of puréed garbanzo beans and anchovies, followed by Danish steak and a class of red wine from Olevano Romano! So good and pleasurable. My friend and I did a research on the population of Manhattan versus Rome. 1,6 milione in Manhattan 2,8 milioni in Rome.
Densità della popolazione di Manhattan 28,153 abitanti per km2 A Roma 2,214 abitanti km2.
My friend talked to me about her current studies.
Facoltà di Economia è fatta questo indirizzi: economia aziendale, economia bancaria, economia politica (che fa Francesca), relazioni internazionali.
Ci sono concorsi per i dipolmati, e concorsi per i laureati. (My friend Francesca is getting her college degree in Economics. She explains here that in Italy there are at least four branches of economics that you have to choose from: business economics, banking economics, political economics and international relationship. She is now participating, however, in a competition that has nothing to do with her degree. It is an exam open for anyone with a diploma for a job in public museums. She said hundreds of thousands in Italy are taking the same competitive exam to vie for the few posts available because everyone knows that if you get a job for the state, you will have fixed income for life! 209,000 richieste per 1,000 posti di lavoro. 33% dal Lazio 43% dalla Campagnia (there are 209,000 requests for these mere 1,000 job positions. 33% of the participants come from the region of Lazio, 43 % come from the region of the Campania and the rest from all the other 19 regions of Italy!!)
Work was scarse. We are not doing well with regards o having enough customers. I served a family from Ohio with an adorable baby with whom I had the sheer joy to interact! I served two girls who have the same father and two different mothers who came on this vacation to bond. It was great serving them!! I served a kind-hearted couple from Salem Oregan, a couple from Como Italy (!), two Germans who hardly spoke English so I had to try hard to understand what they desire to eat, 2 wonderful couples from Russia, and a lovely man from Marseille France who has an Italian speaking wife. They were cool! Then, a group of 4 came in who are Christians from Argentina! They were all about prayer, singing and encouraging me to attend the worship services in Rome with a Catholic group called Hawkins Group Music. One can also search Instagram Behakuna to find them!